Dance fund-raiser collects about $125,000 for One SAFE Place

 

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Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Derek Saelee performs a solo dance routine Saturday at the Cascade Theatre in Redding during the 10th annual Dancing with the Stars, Shasta County-Style contest.

 

The show went on Saturday without Darrah Hart.

But despite an ankle injury that prevented her from dancing, Hart and her partner Derek Saelee, who danced alone, won the 10th annual Dancing with the Stars, Shasta County Style contest Saturday at the Cascade Theatre.

Hart, who dislocated her ankle a few minutes before she was to go on stage, did not get the chance to perform.

But Saelee, who danced a solo set to an audience of about 700, brought home the title of Champion to the pair.

“I am so blessed and so privileged,” Saelee said after the win. “I love Darrah so much and she deserves this so much. I was so proud to be her partner.”

Hart, environmental director at Redding Rancheria, was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center where she learned she had dislocated and broken her ankle in two places.

She didn’t learn she was part of the winning team until after leaving the hospital.

“I thought we would be out of the competition completely,” she said in a telephone conversation. “I was shocked, because I was in the hospital, crying, thinking I had let everyone down. It’s so funny, because people tell you to break a leg before you compete and then I go and do this.”

Hart said she dislocated her ankle while running across the street to retrieve something from her pickup outside the theater.

Saelee danced to the Prince song “Upgrade You.”

About $125,00 was raised at the annual dance competition for One SAFE Place, a Redding women’s shelter.

Organizers called the competition a win for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and their children.

Kim Shaw of Dignity Health, and her husband, Neal, earned the “Judge’s Choice” award for their high-scoring routine.

Brent Mangum of Sierra Pacific Industries and his partner Kathy Babcock scored the “People’s Choice.”

The event began with a retrospective on the dance fund-raiser’s history.

Christy Coleman, chairwoman of VOICES at One SAFE Place, spoke about sexual assault and the fact that she is now a survivor.

Coleman gave her speech while surrounded by other survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, receiving a standing applause from the nearly sold out audience.

 

By Staff Reports

 

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